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Barton: The longer the game went on, the more we controlled it

31 October 2020

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Fleetwood Town Head Coach Joey Barton spoke to the press after his side’s 2-0 win over Oxford United at Highbury Stadium.

Barton saw his side win their third game on the bounce with as many clean sheets, as goals from Callum Camps and Paddy Madden was the difference between Fleetwood and Oxford in the Sky Bet League One fixture.

Here’s what he had to say after the game:

On the result…

“The longer the game went on, the more we controlled it. It was very pleasing to get that early goal, it always settles you down as a team. I thought we didn’t even play that well in the first half.

“It was tough against the wind and I think they definitely had the wind in their favour in the first half but then in the second half we had that natural advantage and the elements helped us.

“When Paddy came off the bench and when Paul Coutts also came on, I think we controlled the game and we were unfortunate we didn’t get a third and fourth goal.”

On Callum Camps’ impressive start…

“I’m so pleased for him because he has hit the ground running. I think he is certainly catching the eye of his international manager as he doesn’t only just get you a goal from midfield, he does an awful lot more than that, he’s just getting better and better and the best is yet to come from him.

“It’s very difficult to recruit a player of his calibre, but there was a chance for him to get a contract with us where a lot of things fell into place for us to get that deal over the line, where also Callum had a desire to come and play for us to further develop.”

On the defence’s solidarity…

“Every time Jayson Leutwiler has played for us, he has been absolutely outstanding with three shutouts in his last three games.

“From the game today, with his penalty save and the way he deals with free-kicks whether it’s coming and punching them or coming and claiming them, it just oozes confidence for the back-line and he’s been a huge component on how the back-line has solidified.

“Tom Edwards, Callum Connolly and Charlie Mulgrew were also brilliant, and I think Danny Andrew had his best game for us this season, he was superb today.”


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